Sound mixer Vinod Subramanian
with his Lectrosonics SixPack.
Mumbai, India (May 13, 2009)–Location sound mixer Vinod Subramanian won the award for Best Sound at India’s recent 54th Filmfare Awards, due to wireless microphone equipment from Lectrosonics.
Subramanian used an arsenal of Lectrosonics equipment on hit film Rock On!, which was written and directed by Abhishek Kapoor. It is the story of four friends who start a rock band in college, almost make it big, then go their separate ways until they re-group to perform once again 10 years later.
Subramanian’s equipment included a SIXPACK high performance, six-channel receiver multi-coupler, which provides antenna and power distribution for up to six Lectrosonics compact diversity receivers. This was paired with three SNA dipole antennas, four UCR 411 UHF receivers, two UM400 UHF beltpack transmitters, and two LM UHF beltpack transmitters, all of which employ Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology.
“Rock On! was a dialog-intensive film,” notes Subramanian. “With the combination of the UCR411A receivers in the SIXPACK using the SNA dipoles, I didn’t experience a single dropout throughout the entire shoot.”
He is very fond of his SIXPACK: “One of my best investments in location sound gear was the SIXPACK,” he explains. “It removed all the hassles of trying to power individual receivers and provide RF signal to them. With the SIXPACK, I can run six Lectrosonics receivers for a 16-hour period, which pretty much covers a very long day at a shoot. My entire wireless receiver system is active by turning just one switch on, and charging the unit overnight is extremely simple-just one XLR connector in and that’s it. No messing around with NP batteries, DC distribution, and so forth. If I need more than four wireless systems, I can rent one or two more and easily incorporate them into my SIXPACK.”